This Is Us’ Mandy Moore Details 3-Hour Makeup Process To Play Rebecca

This Is Us’ Mandy Moore Details 3-Hour Makeup Process To Play Rebecca
This Is Us’ Mandy Moore Details 3-Hour Makeup Process To Play Rebecca

Mandy Moore particulars the make-up course of for her This Is Us character, Rebecca, and the way it generally required her to spend 3 hours within the make-up chair.

Warning: This article comprises spoilers for This Is Us season 6, episode 17.
Mandy Moore particulars the make-up course of for her This Is Us character, Rebecca, and the way it generally required her to spend 3 hours within the make-up chair. The collection finale of This Is Us premiered on May 24, and marked the tip of the multigenerational drama that follows the Pearson household in a number of totally different timelines. Moore’s character, Rebecca, is the matriarch of the household alongside her husband, Jack (performed by Milo Ventimiglia).
Throughout the collection, Rebecca is portrayed at a number of totally different ages, from 16 years outdated to 80 years outdated. An older model of Rebecca is seen in season 6, episode 17, because the timeline jumps to 2032 whereas Rebecca is on her dying mattress. Although Rebecca’s age adjustments all through the collection, Moore continues to play Rebecca versus hiring separate actors to play her at totally different ages.

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Now, Moore, together with make-up division head Zoe Hay and hair division head Michael Reitz, inform Variety the method of remodeling Rebecca’s seems to mirror totally different eras. For the 16-year-old Rebecca, Hay used eye masks, primers, and foundations to make Moore’s pores and skin look extra glowing, and the hair division used a wig with a lighter and brighter shade to mirror Rebecca’s teenage years. In distinction, as Rebecca ages, Hay used much less basis, used much less shade within the make-up, and in some circumstances used prosthetics, akin to ones utilized to Moore’s arms with a view to make her look extra arthritic. In addition to her make-up, Reitz labored with wig maker Stacey Butterworth on a set of 10 totally different types for Rebecca with a view to guarantee that not solely did the wig types change in response to types of the 70s, 80s, or 90s, however so did the colour and texture of Rebecca’s hair to additional pinpoint her age. This concerned make-up and hair course of generally left Moore within the styling chair for 3 hours earlier than filming and an extra 60 to 90 minutes after filming to take away the make-up and hair merchandise. A quote from Moore on the hair and make-up course of within the collection will be learn beneath:

I used to be simply continuously like, ‘OK, what’s subsequent? Who am I?’ And I actually assume hair, make-up and wardrobe positively helped solidify all of that. It could be totally different if I had been simply having to indicate up in my regular garments and must be somebody fully totally different. I feel possibly it’s just a little bit more difficult. I had the advantage of having the ability to actually lean on remodeling into somebody that I’m not in any respect.

Moore says that though the hair and make-up course of generally led to her having an 18-hour set day, this course of additionally helped her absolutely embrace her character from someday to the subsequent. The collection selecting to have Moore play Rebecca at all ages, though generally requiring a prolonged hair and make-up styling, additionally creates a continuity of character with related idiosyncrasies from age to age which might be extra simply achieved by way of the identical actor. At the center of the character is Moore’s performing, however having the ability to really visualize Rebecca as a 16-year-old in comparison with Rebecca as an 80-year-old with the assistance of Hay, Reitz, and Butterworth allowed Moore to know what delicate nuances she would deliver to Rebecca at every age whereas sitting within the hair and make-up chair.

Moore notes that a part of the rationale that she discovered This Is Us to be a “scrumptious problem” is that she at all times knew that every day could be totally different from the subsequent, protecting her on her toes for the six years that the collection filmed. Playing a singular character throughout a number of totally different timelines is actually a problem, and the intensive means of generally taking an hour simply to guarantee that her wig is positioned appropriately solely provides to that feat. Moore embracing the lengthy days that generally turned longer resulting from hair and make-up exhibits her dedication to representing a Rebecca that appears as near the genuine age she is portraying as doable.

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Source: Variety

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